Whole School Food Policy
In our school we are committed to giving all our pupils consistent messages about all aspects of health to help them understand the impact of particular behaviours and encourage them to take responsibility for the choices they make. This policy should be read alongside the school’s PSHE, Drug and Sex & Relationship Policies. The school supports the “5 a day” campaign to encourage children to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, which has been shown to reduce the onset of certain life-threatening conditions as well as being helpful in tackling and preventing childhood obesity.
Rednal Hill Junior school is a Healthy School. It is important that we consider all elements of our work to ensure that we promote health awareness in all members of the school community. We can provide a valuable role model to pupils and their families with regard to food and healthy eating patterns.
Through effective leadership, the school ethos and the curriculum, all school staff can bring together all elements of the school day to create an environment, which supports a healthy lifestyle.
Aims and Objectives
- To ensure that we are giving consistent messages about food and health
- To give our pupils the information they need to make healthy choices
- To promote health awareness
- To contribute to the healthy physical development of all members of our school community
- To encourage all children to take part in the “5 a day” campaign
Breakfast Club / After School Club
Run daily providing pre/after school care for children. Menus offer healthy choices for children for breakfast / tea. The food offered is healthy and is consistent with a healthy diet. Please see back page for full menu.
Children may bring fruit or a plain biscuit and a suitable drink to school for morning break. Alternatively a tuck shop operates which typically sells toast, drinks, fruit and biscuits at reasonable prices. (Limits are set on what children can purchase)
No bars/biscuits completely covered in chocolate, sweets, chewing gum or fizzy drinks are allowed.
School lunches and packed lunches
All our school meals are provided by a contracted caterer who has a healthy food policy as part of their tender. This includes the use of fresh fruit and vegetables each day as a choice for the children. They provide a hot and cold option, both of which pay regard to nutritional balance and healthy options.
Many children bring packed lunch to school. We regularly include newsletter items about the contents of these and we do not allow sweets, bars completely covered in chocolate or fizzy drinks. Parents are also informed about the content of lunch boxes in parental workshops run within the school in consultation with feednet. School menus are discussed in school council meetings. Parents should provide a water drink in a see-through bottle or put a plastic cup in their child’s lunch box that can be filled from the water cooler in the Community Room.
Rewards are given by lunchtime supervisors and Senior Staff for healthy choices and balanced lunch boxes.
Water for All
Cooled water is freely available throughout the school day to all members of the school community. No water fountains are located inside toilet blocks. Every child is encouraged to bring in a bottle from home. Children may drink their water at any time. Regular water and brain breaks are built into the school day and curriculum by class teachers. (Only water is available at lunchtime)
Food across the Curriculum
In KS2, there are a number of opportunities for pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of health, including healthy eating patterns and practical skills that are needed to understand where food comes from such as shopping, preparing and cooking food. Cross curriculum links are made to other subjects such as DT, science and collective worship.
Maths can offer the possibility of calculating quantities for recipes, weighing and measuring ingredients.
Science provides an opportunity to learn about the types of food available, their nutritional composition, digestion and the function of different nutrients in contributing to health and how the body responds to exercise.
RE provides the opportunity to discuss the role of certain foods in the major religions of the world. Children experience different foods associated with religious festivals.
Food Technology as part of DT provides the opportunity to learn about where food comes from and apply healthy eating messages through practical work with food, including preparation.
PSHE encourages young people to take responsibility for their own health and well being and teaches them how to develop a healthy lifestyle.
Geography provides a focus on the natural world and changing environment, offering the chance to consider the impact our consumer choices have on people across the world that rely on growing food as their source of income.
History provides insight into changes in diet and food over time.
Physical Education provides pupils with the opportunity to develop physically and to understand the practical impact of sport, exercise and other physical activity such as dance and walking.
An annual ‘Health Week’ takes place in June to promote healthy lifestyles.
Partnership with parents and carers
The partnership of home and school is critical in shaping how children and young people behave, particularly where health is concerned.
Parents and carers are regularly updated on our water and packed lunches policies through school newsletters. We ask parents not to send fizzy drinks and we remind them that only water may be drunk during the school day in classrooms and at lunchtime.
Use of outside Agencies
Whenever possible outside agencies are used to promote the Healthy Schools Policy. Links are made with the school nurse, drop in sessions are available. Parent sandwich workshops are lead by staff in school, staff are trained by the LA Health Team and links are made with the NHS initiative Change 4 Life.
On rare occasions a small amount of confectionary may be given as a treat or a prize. This promotes to the children that these foods do not have to be completely cut from their diets, but should only be eaten in small quantities infrequently or on special occasions.
After School Club
Beans and Sausage
Meat free Spaghetti bolognaise
Low fat spreads